Chuck spent most of his career defending claims for large companies, insurance companies, banks and hospitals as a Partner at a large regional law firm. He reached a crossroad in his career when he turned 40. He had spent his entire adult life advocating for people who needed help, while his professional life was consumed by representing institutions who defended claims brought by those same people. With the support of his family, he decided to dedicate the rest of his career to helping people, instead of institutions.
He co-founded and built a very successful and highly respected plaintiff-side firm with his former business partner. As he was building and growing his firm, Chuck would meet Mike for lunch every few months over the last couple of years. Chuck quickly realized that he and Mike shared the same core philosophy on life, business and law – take care of people and everything else will take care of itself. Chuck’s goal was finally realized in March 2019 when he joined Valent Legal.
Chuck’s practice is focused on plaintiff-side tort/accident claims, disputes involving disability benefits, life insurance benefits, sexual assault/abuse claims, institutional abuse claims, mass tort, class action litigation, and professional negligence claims. The vast majority of Chuck’s work comes from referrals in the legal, insurance and business communities. He has collaborated with lawyers from other firms throughout his career, and he continues to do so.
Chuck brings a unique perspective to plaintiff-side claims given that he often acted for the opposing party/insurer in a former life.
He is a well-respected litigator who believes that the best way to obtain fair outcomes is to prepare as though every case is going to trial. He is rated by Best Lawyers in Canada (Insurance since 2012, Personal Injury since 2014). He has been recognized by the Canadian Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in Personal Injury Litigation (Represents Plaintiffs) since 2015. Chuck was recognized by Benchmark Canada as a New Litigation Star by Benchmark Canada (2015 Ed.)
Chuck is passionate about using his knowledge to help people. Chuck has been an advocate on several access to justice initiatives, he is a fierce advocate for people with physical and mental disabilities.
He is the co-founder of the UNB Poverty Law Society/Clinic (1997-99); a program that is still operating over 20 years later. He volunteered (full-time) at the Saint John Legal Centre (SJLC) for the summer following his first year of law school. He returned for a second summer on a partially funded grant. Chuck has been a volunteer with reachAbility since 2002, taking on several pro bono cases and projects over the years. He joined the reachAbility Board in 2015.
Chuck was a member of the LISNS Pro Bono Hub Project Advisory Committee (2011-2015) and has supported the Public Navigator Program since its inception in 2015. He was the NS representative on the CBA’s National Pro Bono Committee.
Community matters to Chuck. He was a board member and Chair, of the MS Society of Canada (Atlantic Division) (2001-2012). Chuck was also a board member and Chair of the National Board of Directors of the MS Society of Canada (2008-2015). He is the youngest Chair in the history of the MS Society National Board.
He is an active member of 100 Men Who Care (Bedford). He was nominated as a finalist for volunteer of the year in Bedford, NS (2008). He is the current Chair of Sacred Heart School of Halifax Board of Governors where he has been a Governor for 3 years.
One of the great joys of Chuck’s career was teaching Civil Trial Practice at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law for four years (2006-08; 2009-2011).